child with blocks Early Childhood Education Degree

MxCC’s Early Childhood Education program gives you some great choices for your education and your career! We offer:

Start today – and combine your skills and your passion in a career that’s exciting and fulfilling – that makes a real difference in people’s lives. Apply today for Middlesex Community College’s Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, a certificate in Early Childhood Education and a credential track for Child Development Associate, CDA, which will give you a competitive edge for your future employment in a variety of jobs, including daycares, preschools, Head Start programs in teacher or head teacher positions and many others.
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Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education

The Associate Degree Program in Early Childhood Education is designed for students who wish to enter the field of early childhood education or who are already employed in an early childhood education setting and wish to earn a credential and expand their knowledge and competency in working with young children. The program provides students with the skills and competencies necessary to work effectively with children from birth through age eight. Students may be either full-time or part-time.

Graduates of the program will be able to seek employment in day care centers, preschool programs, Head Start programs, or similar. Associate degree holders will also be eligible for head teacher status in child care centers or could seek further education in a Connecticut Early Childhood Education Teacher Certification program. It will also prepare graduates to transfer to a four-year school.
Degree Requirements

Early Childhood Education Certificate

The Certificate Program in Early Childhood Education (ECE) is designed for students who wish to enter the field of early childhood education or who are already employed in an early childhood education setting and wish to earn a credential and expand their knowledge and competency in working with young children. The program will provide students with the skills and competencies necessary to work effectively with children from birth through age eight. Students may be either full-time or part-time.

Graduates of the program will be able to seek employment in day care centers, preschool programs, Head Start programs, or similar.

Courses from the Early Childhood Certificate will transfer to the Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education program.

Academic Requirements

The Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education program at Middlesex Community College typically takes two years to complete.

Students completing the Early Childhood Education Certificate can apply their credits toward the degree program. The Child Development Associate, CDA Credential Track is also available to certify students by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition. The CDA is a performance-based assessment of childcare workers, home visitors, center and family childcare providers.

Students are prepared for careers with valuable skills in a variety of areas through an exciting blend of coursework, such as creative art experiences for children, child psychology, early literacy development, health and nutrition – and much more.
The program curriculum is designed to help students prepare for immediate entry into the workforce upon graduation, or for those who are already employed in an early childhood education setting and wish to earn a credential and expand their knowledge and competency in working with young children. This program provides students with the skills and competencies necessary to work effectively with children from birth through age eight. Students may be either full-time or part-time.

Jobs You Can Get With An Early Childhood Education Degree:

The Early Childhood Education Associate Degree from Middlesex Community College will allow a student to get work in early childhood education settings such as daycares, preschools, and Head Start programs as teachers or head teachers.  They will be qualified to work with children from birth to age eight, which may also allow for positions in after school programs and assisting in elementary schools and camps.

This program also meets the needs of individuals already working in the early childhood field, who are interested in earning credentials and expanding their knowledge.

How Long Will You Have To Go To School?

This is a 2-year associate degree program.  If a student attends full-time with no remedial classes, he or she should be able to finish the degree in two years.  The length of time it takes a part-time student to complete the program depends on their course load.

Students can also transfer to a 4-year program if they so desire.

Job Availability & Growth:

Job availability and growth within the child-care field is expected to be average to excellent in response to the great need for quality child-care facilities and high turnover rates among staff.

 

Salary Information:

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/preschool-teachers.htm
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/personal-care-and-service/childcare-workers.htm
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/kindergarten-and-elementary-school-teachers.htm

Statewide:
Preschool teachers, except special education-    $29,821 annually

Downloadable Program Forms & Documents

For more information, contact:

Norma Rosado-Javier

Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education
Phone: 860-343-5758
Email: NRosado-Javier@mxcc.edu
Office Location: Snow 508
Office Hours: M, W – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM,  M, W –  4:30-5:30 PM in Meriden, T, Th –  11:00 AM – 12:30 PM in Meriden, Program Coordinator Office Hours, T – 4:30-5:30 PM

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